“The NISVS survey and CDC report reach beyond mere numbers and is the first national study to ask questions designed to illuminate some of the context of victimization. ‘The new report not only tells us the appalling number of domestic violence victims but provides in-depth details on the true consequences for victims and identifies the help they need,’ said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of NNEDV.”
“It has been a long seven years since a landmark study in 2007 found that one in five college women has been raped or the subject of attempted rape. The Campus Sexual Assault Study, conducted by theResearch Triangle Institute with funding from the National Institute of Justice, received widespread attention when it was published, but keeping a focus on this scourge of college life has not always been easy. The effort, though, has received considerable help during the Obama administration, particularly last month when the president heralded a new commitment to addressing sexual violence on campus. Mr. Obama on Jan. 22 issued a presidential memorandum establishing a White House task force to address the matter with specific policy recommendations.”
Progress Made on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities from The White House, 2/18/14
“Today, the Office of the Vice President, the White House Council on Women and Girls, and the White House Office of National AIDS Policy welcomed community leaders and Federal colleagues to celebrate progress to date by the President’s Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities.”
Samer Muscati, who researches the plight of women in conflict and emergency situations, recently spent time in one of the world’s most dangerous cities: Mogadishu, Somalia. There, he was part of a team that interviewed more than two dozen rape victims for a report, “Here, Rape is Normal”. Muscati talks to us about women in Somalia, how rape is a horrible symptom of a greater problem, and ways to advocate with a government in a war-torn country that can barely exercise control over its capital city.
“For decades, when a Native American woman has been assaulted or raped by a man who is non-Indian, she has had little or no recourse. Under long-standing law in Indian country, reservations are sovereign nations with their own police departments and courts in charge of prosecuting crimes on tribal land. But Indian police have lacked the legal authority to arrest non-Indian men who commit acts of domestic violence against native women on reservations, and tribal courts have lacked the authority to prosecute the men.”
Memorandum — Establishing a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault from the White House, 1/22/14
“Therefore, I am directing the Office of the Vice President and the White House Council on Women and Girls to lead an interagency effort to address campus rape and sexual assault, including coordinating Federal enforcement efforts by executive departments and agencies (agencies) and helping institutions meet their obligations under Federal law.”